16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Perth
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
6
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Perth

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 9th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue and then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thenlook for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Kandy is minus 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, thenkick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Trincomalee takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kalkudah trip site.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Kaudulla National Park. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, steep yourself in history at Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, thenappreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and finally explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kaudulla National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenadmire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally make a trip to Isinbassagala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, thenpause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip planning app.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Take a break from the city and head to Mihiripenna Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna holiday planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Ahungalla Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Sea Turtle Protection Association
Highlights from your plan
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
On the 21st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, thenstroll through Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rekawa travel planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Rekawa in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rekawa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

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